Charles Town picks and analysis: January 16

by | Jan 16, 2021 | Breaking, Handicapping, West Virginia, WV Racing


Shutupn’kissme won the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes at Charles Town Races. Photo by Coady Photography.

Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is the normal 7:00 p.m. Good luck!



In this one-turn dash for $12,500-15,000 claimers, #4 Scythe (5-2) exits allowance company and former homebred stakes winner for the late Leslie Ann Condon looks to regain winning ways in seasonal debut. #3 Majestic Seas (3-5) also exits allowance foes following a good effort and looms the odds-on choice here for trainer Javier Contreras. #5 Gunter (12-1) returns from a brief freshening and should be a factor late in this compact group. #6 True Crossing (15-1) also returns from a respite and draws favorably for trainer and former jockey William “Ray” Lewis, Jr.



In this two-turn event for maiden $12,500 claimers, #6 CV’s Powerpak (9-5) exits maiden special weight company for fourth career outing for trainer Tim Grams and owner-breeder Copperville Farm. #1 Miss Morgantown (8-5) also exits maiden special weight company three times in first four outings for trainer Jack Hurley. #3 Creative Splendor (5-1) tried maiden special weight foes first two outings for trainer Jeff Runco and owner-breeder Huntertown Farm. #4 Partly Dandy (9-2) was seventh in career debut against maiden special weight rivals in debut and drops here for Runco.



In this one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #9 Dancing Destiny (3-1) exits allowance company last two and returns to claimers where she won in August. #5 Indian Fiber (10-1) returns to claimers for owner-breeder-trainer John McKee and rates an upset chance here. #2 Rocket Bid (4-1) has been idle since March but arrives off four good works including a ‘bullet’ last weekend. #10 Papparoxy (5-2) takes massive drop after dull effort in return from a year layoff.



In the lone three-turn event on the card, #1 Dah Philly (4-1) was second and first in last two local outings for trainer M. Joanna Boggs and merits respect from the rail here. #3 China Cat (3-5) won last out and twice in four local outings for trainer Anthony Farrior and looms the one to beat at a short price. #4 Cooler Schedule (5-2) arrives off three good efforts at Presque Isle Downs for trainer Doug Adams. #5 Cory’s Cutie (12-1) won three starts back for owner-trainer Robert Laster and rates an upset chance.

How’d we do last time? Check out our picks and analysis here!



in this wide open two-turn affair for $5,000 claimers, #1 Reiltin Oir (7-2) has been first and second in last two local outings for trainer Derrick Parram. #2 I Am I Will (5-1) has hit the board in three of last four since June triumph for trainer Russell Davis. #3 Im a Tricky One (5-1) is seeking to end nine-race skid for trainer Ronney Brown. #10 Captain Anne (4-1) arrives off three straight wins at Mountaineer Park for owner-trainer John Capellini.



In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #6 Absalom (7-5) was good third in local debut last out for trainer Jeff Runco and gets the nod here. #4 Martin Man (5-1) merits respect in this spot for owner-trainer Adam Ingram. #3 Scottish Man (6-5) was good second last out for trainer Michael Weeks and looms the tepid choice here. #5 Feisty And Sassy (8-1) seeks to regain winning ways for owner-trainer John A. Casey after tally three starts back.

Check out our other handicapping here!



In the featured, two-turn allowance event on the card, #4 Rocket Appeal (2-1) was solid second last out after two straight wins for trainer Marshall T. Campbell. #5 Shameless Risk (4-1) looks to end two-race slide after consecutive wins in October for trainer Ronney Brown. #6 Rucker (6-1) has been idle over a year bit arrives off three good workouts for trainer Anthony Rideoutt III. #7 Rip Thorn (9-2) sports 1-3-2 slate in last six starts against allowance foes for owner-trainer Tim Collins.



in the Saturday finale, a one-turn dash for $5,000 claimers, #10 Natural Sonde (9-2) seeks third straight score for trainer Sara Kopecki and gets favorable outside draw here. #9 Quite Suggestive (6-1) seeks second straight seasonal score for trainer Crystal Pickett after tally last Thursday. #8 SS Alternate (5-1) makes local debut against claimers following six allowance efforts at Mountaineer Park. #6 Basket Girl (8-1) was second last out and has won twice in last four for Brown.


About The Author

Ted Black

Ted Black, a Maryland native, has covered racing — flat and harness, in West Virginia and in Maryland — since 1987 and is now in his fourth decade on the beat. He is president of the Maryland Racing Media Association. Follow him on twitter @tblacksomds1.


  1. rick baldwin

    This is the first time I followed Mr Black,
    he laid no slack,winners and Exactas all
    the night long. I find “Basket Girl” “Quite Suggestive”
    and 6 & 9 will head my Tri and Super tickets.

  2. rick baldwin

    ACH,”Gandhi’s Castle”spoiled the price,
    but the Tri bailed me out.

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